Gor­don achiev­ing a lot at Len­non

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - –P.C.

WESTERN BU­REAU HEAD COACH for the Len­non High School foot­ball team, Mer­ron Gor­don, is qui­etly build­ing a legacy at the school

Hav­ing guided Len­non to the ISSA-FLOW Ben Fran­cis knock­out fi­nal for the first time in their his­tory, Gor­don has ce­mented his place in that in­sti­tu­tion’s sport­ing an­nals.

Gor­don, who first tasted suc­cess as the coach for Len­non’s fe­male foot­ballers back in 2005, says he re­mains hum­ble and ded­i­cated to bringing the best out of his play­ers.

Then fresh out of the G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege, Gor­don ended up at Len­non High School, where he took charge of the girls’ foot­ball pro­gramme, mak­ing them the most suc­cess­ful fe­male high school team in the coun­try at that time.

He was then asked to take the reins of the daCosta Cup team soon af­ter and, in be­tween that, he fea­tured with the na­tional U-15s and Un­der17s be­fore tak­ing a job coach­ing the na­tional se­nior women’s team.

“Those were good years in which I learned plenty from some real good and ex­pe­ri­enced coaches, and they have, to this day, been the sig­nif­i­cant rea­son I con­tinue be­ing as good as oth­ers say I am,” Gor­don stated.

He noted that coaches Christo­pher Dawes and Kevin Wil­liams (for­merly of Dinthill Tech­ni­cal) were the two who took a spe­cial in­ter­est in his de­vel­op­ment as a young coach.

“I was part of a group un­der­study­ing these two coaches for premier league cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and then, luck­ily, I was coach­ing the Reno FC Girls and (Wen­dell) Down­swell was the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, and he also played a vi­tal role in my de­vel­op­ment,” added Gor­don.

Gor­don is en­joy­ing the suc­cesses com­ing his way, al­beit he never played com­pet­i­tive foot­ball at any level. In­stead, it was cricket that held his at­ten­tion as a young man at­tend­ing Glen­muir High.

In 2008, Len­non reached the semi-fi­nals of the daCosta Cup with Gor­don at the helm. They did even bet­ter in 2010, reach­ing the fi­nal for the first time in the school’s his­tory, where they were de­feated by Rusea’s.

Last year, Gor­don and his as­sis­tant, Sher­lon Len­non, took the school to the semi-fi­nals of the two premier ru­ral-area school­boy foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions, the daCosta and Ben Fran­cis Cups.

Mer­ron Gor­don

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